Wednesday, May 13, 2015

5/13 - Larry Van Aalst talks to Christy Ackerman & Joe Moreda Jr.

Christy Ackerman Winemaker at Lazy Creek Vineyards. 
Graduating from Fresno State , one of the best schools in the US for wine , Christy followed her heart to Mendocino County and Lazy Creek Vineyards. As Winemaker Christy has a penchant for Pinot Noir , and is part of the growing female influence in the industry. We will talk about the new releases from Lazy Creek , and what she expects from the 2015 vintage.

Part of the fifth generation of Italian heritage , Joe is the VP/Cheesemaker at Valley Ford Cheese Co.  Located close to the Sonoma Coast , the Jersey Milk Farmstead Italian Cheeses from Valley Ford are one more reason that Sonoma County is famous for its' agricultural bounty. Joe will give us some insight into life on the dairy ranch, and the passion needed for being a cheesemaker.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

4/29 - Larry Van Aalst talks to Steve Falk & Jil Child

Steve Falk - CEO  of Sonoma Media and Publisher of Northern California's premier Wine Country newspaper, The Press Democrat, Steve comes from a background of journalism , and community service. On the start up team for USA Today, and moving  to the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce , Steve went on to be the Publisher of The San Francisco Chronicle. His efforts with the Chronicle Wine Competition , propelled it to the largest competition of American wines in the world. The newest project in the wine world is The North Coast Wine Challenge,with The Press Democrat as it's sponsor. Steve will be with us to announce the winners and tell us about the Public Tasting coming up next month.

Jil Child - A partner in Wine Tours of the World, Jil is also a sommelier who both organizes and judges at Wine Competitions. Her position at Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine , puts her in the perfect spot to feel the pulse of the wine industry. Jil was a judge at the big North Coast Wine Challenge and will be talking about the "Best of the Best" competition

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

4/15-Larry Van Aalst talks to Wilfred Wong & Dan Berger

Kris and WilfredWilfred Wong - - After almost two decades as Cellar Master for Bevmo, Wilfred has moved to . One of the most busy of the Professional Wine Judges , and traveling around the world looking for the finest wines , we have been trying for years to get Wilfred on The Sonoma Wine Report , at long last he will be with us to talk about the best wines out there. The North Coast Wine Challenge taking place this week in Santa Rosa will be a topic also.
Click here: Meet Wilfred Wong, BevMo! Cellar Master | BevMo! Thirsty Times


Dan Berger, award-winning syndicated Los Angeles wine columnist
Dan Berger - Wine Writer & Author -
Wine Writer, Author of great books and all around Wine Country celebrity , Dan is also the Director of two major wine competitions is Southern California. Dan will be with us to talk about the 2015 vintage and the North Coast Wine Challenge , a Santa Rosa Press Democrat event. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

4/1-Larry Van Aalst talks to Carolyn Stark & Jon Phillips

New to the position of Executive Director at The Sonoma County Vintners Association, Carolyn is starting with the premier of a new
and exciting event. The Sonoma County Barrel Auction is just around the corner, and promises to be a hit. Carolyn with talk about her new job, and
give us the scoop on the new auction.

our winesJon Phillips - Owner / Winemaker, Inspiration Vineyards  
Owner / Winemaker at Inspiration Vineyards , is a dream come true for Jon. Just fifteen years into his new way of life , Jon is winning awards and getting accolades across the country. We will talk about the new releases and what might result from the fourth year of dry weather in California.

Monday, March 23, 2015

3/18-Larry Van Aalst visits with Erik Miller & Eric White

Owner/Winemaker at Kokomo Winery in the Dry Creek Valley, Erik is chalking up awards across the nation. Kokomo excels in both white , red, and rose wines , recently winning The Sweepstakes Prize at The North Coast Wine Challenge. Erik will be with us to talk about new releases , and the Indy International Wine Competition happening this summer at Purdue University.

One of the Winemakers at Heitz Cellar in Napa , Eric has a strong family background in the business. Leaving the family winery in the middle of the US, Eric came to California for college and went directly to a position at one of the most respected wineries in all of California. Eric will tell us what life is like for a young mover and shaker in this business. Eric is also here to tell us his experiences with the big Indy Competition.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

3/4-Larry Van Aalst talks with Randy Pitts & Sarah Cummings

Winemaker for Harvest Moon Winery, Randy is a long term

friend of The Sonoma Wine Report. We will talk about the big Wine Road Wine Tasting , happening this month, and what the 2015 vintage might bring us.

CEO. for the Sonoma Marin Fair , Sarah is in charge of some of the best entertainment in the North Bay Area. Home of The Ugliest Dog in the World Contest, the Fair is also the host of The North of the Gate Wine Competition. We will talk about wine, county fairs, and how to spend some quality time north of The Golden Gate Bridge.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

2/18-Larry Van Aalst talks with Beth Costa & Garrett Hoemmen

As the Executive Director of The Wine Road , Beth oversees one of the worlds largest wine events. The Wine Road Barrel Tasting  involves more than 100 wineries  it takes place the first two weekends in March and is spread across Northern Sonoma County.
The ability to buy "futures" and meet the principles and Winemakers makes this a must do.

Born in the Midwest, educated in the South and abroad , Garrett is a Wine Researcher. Based in Napa , the Northern California AVA has led him here. We will talk about wine regions in the US , and around the globe.